mean pathogenic microorganisms that are
present in human blood and can cause disease
Brush Guard Kiltie
The brush guard kiltie
prevents small objects (grass, leaves, small
twigs, rocks, etc.) from getting into the
footwear. A kiltie is usually a removable
guard that laced into the shoe at the very
bottom of the tongue over the instep or vamp
of the shoe.
Brush Tuff (BT)
On a selection of
LaCrosse® footwear you will find the
LaCrosse® Brush Tuff it is an abrasion
resistant material that protects against
brush and briars, ensuring the durability of
a LaCrosse® product.
bidirectional weave to protect against brush
Flexible and insulation
Buffalo leather is
offered on a selection of Golden Retriever’s
it is highest density premium buffalo
leather it is naturally water resistant with
superior elasticity. This hid features
rugged durability and strength as well as
resistance to abrasion.
Cambrelle® Vamp Lining
High quality lining
material is so efficient at moisture
management that it absorbs three-and-a-half
times its own weight in moisture to keep the
foot cooler, drier, and more comfortable.
Cambrelle® also allows air to circulate and
One tough sole.
Carbo-Tec™ outsoles start with real rubber,
which is one of the most durable, longest
lasting materials in outsole construction.
Next, Georgia Boot adds a rare blend of
proprietary materials to make their
Carbo-Tec soles chemical, oil and highly
slip-resistant. The result is an extremely
long wearing, non-marking outsole that is
flexible and most importantly, comfortable.
A method of shoe
construction where the shoe’s upper is
cemented to the sole of the shoe to attach
them. This method makes for a lighter more
The piece of material
stitched around the opening or rim of the
shoe. The collar may sometimes be padded to
add extra comfort.
A toe cap made from a
non-ferrous elastomeric material, which is
light weight and will not conduct heat, cold
or electricity. Composite toes meet or
exceed the ASTM F2413 Standard for
protect against static electrical build-up,
as opposed to SD shoes, which regulate
electrical build-up. Conductive shoes are
designed to be used in environments where
there is a large accumulation of static
electricity such as computer processor
plants, explosive factories, etc.
An insole usually made
of memory foam that molds to the shape of
the foot for extra comfort and support.
Coolmax® is a polyester
fiber that, when used as a fabric, has
superb wicking properties, moving unwanted
body moisture away from the skin and
speeding the cooling process by evaporation.
A cordovan is a kind of shoe leather
made from split-horse hide.
Cordura® is a nylon
fabric that is extremely resistant to
abrasion and punctures, relatively
lightweight and very durable.
Cosmo Moisture-Wicking Lining
meshes, microfibers, and technical
nylon/polyester blends create a lining that
is quick-drying, highly abrasion-resistant
and keeps feet dry.
A piece of material
forming the back of a shoe to give support
and stiffen the material around the heel.
Crazy Horse Leather
Crazy horse leathers
are made by applying special purpose waxes
to a buffed grain surface.
CROSSTECH® liner is a
waterproof, breathable and protects against
Refers to a shoe’s
ability to absorb foot strike forces usually
utilizing inner and outer sole padding, also
provides comfort and stability.
Direct Attach Construction
The new direct-attach
method fuses the sole to the fibers of the
upper to produce a tough, watertight bond.
Direct attachment was developed to subtract
weight and improves flexibility without
compromising durability. The only draw-back
with this method of construction is that the
footwear cannot later be resoled
Direct Injection Construction
involves rubber being injected to the
outsole moldso that the leather uppers
adheres to the outsole as the rubber cools
Dri Ice Vibram®
A specialized Vibram®
Dri Ice compound in the outsole remains
flexible even in extreme cold for superior
A dual layered
configuration composed of a
moisture-absorbing hydrophilic nylon fiber
and a moisture-resisting hydrophobic
polyester layer knitted together.
Drill Vamp Lining
Drill is the type of
material that is used in the vamp(area that
covers the top of the foot)lining. It is a
cotton type material that is used in basic
Sometimes called speed
lacing, this is a setup of durable plastic
lace guides shaped like the letter “D” that
spread pressure evenly over your foot.
Dry Dawgs Waterproof/Breathable Membrane
On a selection of the
Golden Retriever’s you will find the Golden
Retriever’s Dry Dawgs which is a
waterproof/breathable bootie membrane, along
with premium waterproof leathers, providing
the best in waterproof protection.
On a selection of
LaCrosse® footwear you will find the
a 100% waterproof protection and moisture
management system consisting of:
Fabric lining which
allows water vapor to escape while providing
Outer boot shell which
provides additional waterproof protection.
DRYZ® Technology is a
unique system that uses advanced technology
to absorb and gel moisture, kill order, and
fight odor-causing bacteria and fungi.
Within hours DRYZ® is fresh and ready to
begin the process all over again the next
time you wear your boots.
Dual density is a term
used to describe some midsoles and/or sole
designs. With one of the layers being denser
than the other. The denser layer provides
stability and the softer layer provides the
Electrical Hazard Resistance
footwear provides workers a secondary source
of protection from live circuits, wires or
highly charged electrical equipment.
The insulating properties of such footwear are measured
under dry conditions and may deteriorate in
a wet environment and with wear.
Electro Static Dissipating (ESD)
ESD – Footwear allows
static electricity to be dissipated from the
wearer’s body into the walking surface to
prevent static electricity build up. The
shoes are used in areas where the generation
of static electricity could harm electrical
equipment, circuit board assembly, the
manufacture of computer chips or paint
Is injected with
billions of tiny bubbles in this
ultra-lightweight midsole for optimal
cushioning and it helps to improve the
flexing action of the foot. EVA is an
abbreviation for ethyl vinyl acetate.
On a selection of the
PUMA® footwear you will find the PUMA®
anatomically designed light-weight footbed
with waffle structure.
It is designed to keep you cool and
dry by transmitting moisture away from the
foot. The open cells also allow for rapid
drying when the shoes are removed.
This is a specially
treated leather which provides additional
abrasion resistance. Generally it is used on
high wear areas such as the toe and or heel
area of boots and shoes. Ever-Guard™ leather
enhances the durability in rugged worksite
Expansion Fit Seam™
Expansion Fit Seam™
allows pull-on boots to ease on or easy off
and allow a more comfortable fit.
Extra Wide Fit
Extra Wide Fitconstructedwith an
extra wide last and outsole platform.
A small (usually round)
hole through which aglets are threaded. They
are often reinforced with a metal, plastic
or rubber grommets.
The vamp is the area which covers the
top of the foot.
The Fire-Resistant vamp is a
specially compounded rubber that meets the
flame-resistance requirements of NFPA 5905.
Made with materials which are
designed to resist burning and withstand
Flexible Internal Metatarsal Guard™
The Flexible Internal
Metatarsal Guard™ is combined with a
standard safety toe. It is built into the
lower tongue of the shoe or boot to provide
additional protection against dangerous
on-the-job accidents. It is usually made of
a non-metalic material and is segmented to
An anatomically shaped
flexible metatarsal guard with shock cushion
permanently inserted inside the instep area
of the shoe upper.
Foot Force® F2 Insole
F2 insole is a soft
molded dual density polyurethane removable
insole that cushions and cradles your foot,
provides additional shock absorbing
polyurethane at the ball and heel pads and a
moisture absorbing fabric covering with a
TPU Heel Stabilizer.
Foot Force® F2A Athletic Insole
Insole is a soft molded dual density
polyurethane removable insert that cushions
and cradles your foot, provides additional
shock absorbing polyurethane at the ball and
heel pads and a moisture absorbing fabric
Foot Force® F2x Insole
The Foot Force F2X
extra thick cushion insole is 33% softer
than most cushion insoles. Each is a soft
molded dual density polyurethane removable
insole that cushions and cradles your foot,
and provides additional shock absorbing
polyurethane under the entire foot along
with a moisture absorbing fabric covering.
Another name for the
inside of the shoe where the foot rests,
also known as the insole.
The most genuine type
of leather which has not been altered beyond
removing hair. This type of leather retains
all of the leather’s natural texture and
A non-memory polymer
gel insert that adds comfort by reducing
heel sticks (pain in the heel of your foot)
and adds value by eliminating the need for
additional comfort inserts.
TECHNOLOGY combines premium materials with
an exclusive, net fit flexible welt
construction for maximum comfort.
Golden Flex™ Comfort System
On a selection of
Golden Retriever footwear you will find the
Golden Retriever’s Golden Flex™ comfort
system. It is a removable Twin Gel PU
cushion insole that’s both anti-microbial
and wicks away moisture. It is coupled with
a naturally flexed TPU midsole that creates
a safety zone from your foot to the ground.
Designed and constructed to provide the
ultimate in durability, flexibility and
A traditional method of
manufacturing, which provides a shoe that
will give comfort, excellent shape
retention, water resistance and repairable
properties. Widely regarded as the best way
of putting together the components in a
premium quality leather shoe.
The essence of this
construction is that the upper is shaped
over the last and secured by sewing a strip
of leather or “welt” to the upper and inner
sole. The process is then completed by
separately attaching a sole to the welt.
The more a Goodyear
Welted shoe is worn, the more comfortable it
becomes as the leather components gradually
mold to the shape of the foot. And because
the components are stitched rather than
glued together, all the natural properties
of the leather are retained, giving improved
thermal insulation, durability, flexibility
and shape retention, as well as the best
possible breathing conditions for feet.
It is also possible to
re-sole a pair of worn Goodyear Welted shoes
or boots by stitching new soles to the
existing welts, thereby increasing their
Gore (Twin Gore)
In footwear, a gore is
an elastic gusset used to provide a snug
You’ll find it primarily in slip-on
provides durable waterproof protection that
is highly breathable in a variety of climate
It is a waterproof,
windproof and breathable membrane designed
to protect against the elements to keep you
dry and comfortable.
An insert of extra
fabric in a garment that allows greater
freedom of movement. Gussets found within
shoes are often made of elastic.
Outsole offers heat
resistance up to 300°C (for 572°F) for 60
The heel counter is
usually a specially treated and hardened
material shaped to the contour of the heel.
It is placed between the inner lining
and the outer leather to help maintain the
shape of the heel of a boot or shoe.
The counter also helps maintain
rigidity and minimizes potential folding or
buckling as you put on a shoe or boot.
the brand name for a carbon or ceramic
coating added to leather during the tanning
process. This coating makes the leather
puncture resistant, tear resistant and helps
reduce abrasion scuffs.
Boot lace hooks are
hooks that are on work boots that help keep
the laces from falling down and keep them
tight. They are typically made of metal.
Some of the metals used to make them are
brass and steel.
On a selection of the
Rockport footwear you will find the Rockport
It is a waterproof breathable
technology that protects your feet from
harsh weather without sacrificing comfort.
In addition to waterproof leather it
consists of seam sealing and a waterproof
insole board to help prevent the penetration
of water. For industrial applications,
Hydro-Shield™ protection is guaranteed as
Water Resistant protection.
Hyterlink® Flex Technology
Hyper Tension Release
Link is Road Mate’s® patented Hyterlink®
Flex Technology utilizing an injected insole
with built in inner welt and energy transfer
bridging. This technology is proven to
provide extreme flexibility, stability, and
Ice Shield (IS)
LaCrosse offers a
selection of footwear with (patent pending)
Ice Shield technology.
It is an innovative process that
fuses together two layers to provide
waterproof protection, insulation and
abrasion resistance in a lightweight form.
Compressed foam and
abrasion resistant shell are co-molded
creating a waterproof lock
A breakthrough in
metatarsal protection, I-MET® is exclusively
offered on a selection of
Thorogood® features the only Internal
Metatarsal Guard that’s completely
integrated with the steel toe cap. MetaGuard
Permanently “locks” the metatarsal into
place eliminating the potential “trip
hazard”. It is invisible from the outside.
Injection Molded Construction
A type of sole unit
construction created by injecting melted PVC
or similar material into the sole mold.
Injection Molded EVA
The process of
injecting ethylene vinyl acetate foam into
molds to make the outsole more uniform and
the process is difficult to control as EVA
continues to expand after the injecting
Injection molding is a
method of manufacturing and shaping an
outsole unit. For example, using PVC or
other thermoplastic material, it is first
placed in the heated barrel of an injection
molding machine. It is then injected under
pressure into the mold cavity. An
injection molded sole is flexible,
waterproof, long-wearing and has excellent
A lining that adds
comfort and arch support while separating
the foot from the sole of the shoe.
features several layers of 200 gram
Thinsulate™ Ultra brand insulation to trap
warm air between the layers, keeping your
feet warm all day long. In cold, outdoor
working conditions or in a refrigerated
for military clothing and designed to combat
chemical agents, ion-Mask™ protection
technology by p2i works at the molecular
level to repel liquids, resist blood borne
pathogens, and allow perspiration to escape.
Magnum® uses ion-mask™ because it works.
On a selection of PUMA®
footwear they offer the PUMA® gel pad. Itis
directly embedded into the heel area and
works just like a trampoline – it absorbs
shock energy and returns it immediately as
the durability of a Goodyear Welt with an
athletic cup heel for athletic shoe comfort.
breathable membrane that lets vapor out
without letting water in. water attacks and
KEEN.DRY plays defense. Perspiration and
moisture naturally produced by your body are
able to escape, so you don’t end with soggy
socks, while at the same item keeping the
wet out and keeping your feet dry.
Kevlar® is best known
for its use in ballistic and stab-resistant
body armor, but has many other applications.
Kevlar® is extraordinarily strong, with five
times the strength of steel on an
equal-weight basis while remaining
lightweight, flexible and comfortable.
Georgia Boot offers a
selection of footwear that has the
Lace-Locking top hooks.This technology
allows you to speedily secure your laces and
the lace-up design itself allows you to
adjust the fit to your liking.
The wooden form around
which a shoe is fashioned. The last
represents the shape and size of the
intended wearer’s foot.
Lenzi Board Puncture-Resistant Sole Plate
flexible puncture-resistant sole plate
reduces the threat of dangers underfoot.
Higher density rubber
compound ensures long wearing performance
along with resistance to oil and heat.
Lug soled shoes
incorporate soles that have heavy three
dimensional tread patterns for better
Maxum Lite™ Outsole
A unique rubber-like
micro cellular Polyurethane combining the
slip resistant properties of rubber into a
lightweight, long wearing single density
A medial post is a
device within the midsole that is firmer
than the rest of the midsole. Medial posts
are usually made of EVA which is denser than
the rest of the midsole. This is known as a
dual density midsole.
MeraMAX® outsoles are
lightweight, long-wearing, slip resistant,
flexible, shock absorbing, energy returning,
comfortable, heat and flame resistant,
oil/solvent resistant and hydrolytically
Widely regarded as the
finest and softest sheep’s wool in the
world, merino wool is highly praised for its
natural moisture-wicking performance,
superior breathability, exceptional
warmth-to-weight ratio and resistance to
A blend of synthetic materials like
mesh to reduce weight and increase
An internal support
system anatomically engineered to provide
excellent arch support and cradle the
natural contours of the foot, letting you
stand, walk and work on your feet in
Five long bones in the
foot that help move the body forward when
walking or running. They form the top slope
of the foot, from the instep to the toes.
Metatarsal safety shoes
protect the upper foot (metatarsal bones)
and toe area from hazards.
The layer of material
located under the insole but over the
outsole providing the shoe’s main support
and cushioning components.
A type of toe design with a seam and
stitching details, originally seen in
Multi-Terrain Pro Hiker Outsole
A slip, oil &abrasion
resistant rubber outsole with aggressive
directional lugs to maximize surface contact
for enhanced traction.
A synthetic rubber
product that offers better protection from
certain chemicals, such as dioxin, than
other rubber or rubber-like materials.
No Exposed Metal
“No Exposed Metal”
shoes are designed so no exposed component
of the shoe will scratch or mark any working
surfaces offering less risk of damage.
Non-Safety Work Boots
Boots or shoes that are
designed specifically for light industrial
work that does not require steel safety caps
over the toe box area.
NRLY Outsole System
Proprietary unit outsole. This triple
layered outsole features a polyurethane
midsole, a full foot TPU stabilizer and a
low profile rubber lug sole. Designed with a
higher level of slip resistance to exceed
the Mark II oil/wet test [0.45].
Nubuck is a full-grain
leather that has been slightly brushed on
the surface to create a very fine
velvet-like feel and appearance.
Oil-tanned nubuck is
leather that has been tanned with an oil
process to create a mottled, distressed
appearance. Most oil-tanned nubuck leathers
have minor surface imperfections or finish
variations for a casual style appearance.
Opanka construction is
a hand-sewn method of construction. Opanka
construction involves attaching the upper,
sole and sock lining together using heavy
thread. Opanka construction is highly
durable and extremely flexible.
Used in the insole of
boots and shoes. Ortholite® is made from
open-cell foam with spring-back technology.
It allows air to circulate around the foot,
it is also lightweight, breathable,
anti-microbial and engineered to retain 95%
of its thickness over time.
The bottom of part of the shoe that
is in constant contact with the ground.
A traditional term
describing a low cut shoe laced or tied over
A slip-on style shoe
with a slit over the instep where a penny
traditionally was placed for good luck.
Pillow cushion™, A
thick layer of memory foam that wraps the
foot in comfort. Combined with existing
insole systems, it offers the ultimate in
A synthetic material
frequently used as an alternative to leather
in the manufacturing of footwear, PU is
light, flexible and durable.
Polyurethane is a
polymer used in the manufacture of soles,
foam lining, heels, top pieces, promeric
uppers and adhesives. Polyurethane is
lightweight yet rugged, polyurethane
outsoles provide exceptional cushioning
along with slip, oil and abrasion
performance urethanes offer superior comfort
and performance for the life of the boots.
The open-cell breathable materials wick away
moisture and keep the foot cool. They also
offer excellent resistance to compression,
outstanding shock absorption, and
long–lasting lightweight cushioning. Plus,
anti-microbial and bacterial protection
stops growth of odor-causing bacteria.
Poron® XRD Met Guard
On a selection of John
Deere footwearthey offer the Poro® XRD Met
it is a material that has been tested
to absorb up to 90% of the energy from
impact, surpassing performance of current
impact absorbing materials in various
The PowerFit™ comfort
system uses a combination of ergonomically
designed elements at key zones to supply
movement and provide critical
support-delivering maximum comfort all day
is a shock absorbing cushion insole with
Proelle® is a
microporous, windproof and waterproof
breathable membrane used with woven fabrics
A small piece or strip
of upper material that is fixed to the upper
of the shoe. This tab can be either a style
feature, or for the purpose of helping to
pull on the shoe.
The method of
construction placing a metallic material
between the outsole and insole of a shoe or
This design feature helps reduce the
possibility of puncture wounds to the soles
of the feet from objects such as nails,
glass or sharp metal that could penetrate
the soles of the footwear.
Quad Comfort® (QC)
LaCrosse® Quad Comfort®
is offered on a selection of their footwear.
It is a layered platform system that
provides the best in comfort, stability and
Rugged lightweight oil
and slip resistant outsole
Pressure point foam
Sock absorbent EVA foam
Quad Core™ (QC)
LaCrosse® Quad Core™ is
offered on a selection of LaCrosse®
a layered platform system that provides the
best in comfort, stability and durability.
cushioning for impact resistance
Stabilizing shank for
maximum boot stability
Shock absorbing layer
for underfoot cushioning
Quad Impact (QI)
LaCrosse® offers the
LaCrosse® Quad Impact on a selection of its
footwear.It is a multi-layered system that
provides the comfort and maneuverability of:
Rugged lightweight oil
and slip resistant outsole
EVA foam impact zones
Durable EVA midsole
Shock absorbent EVA
The rear portion of a
shoe comprising of the part of the shoe/boot
that covers the heel and is often joined at
The soft, inner lining
of the rear part of a shoe, typically made
from leather or fabric to insulate or cool
Quick-Access Side Zipper
Ouick-Access offers the
convenience of a slip-on shoe in a 6” – 8”
military boot. In/out; 5 seconds per boot!
Does not bind up in sand.
Reinforcement tape is
used for strengthening lines and points of
weakness, particularly straps and top lines
in footwear. Most reinforcement tapes are
made of nylon or other non-stretchable
A Selection of ROCY®
footwear that offers the ROCKY® waterproof
It is a system that fuses a
waterproof inner layer to the shoe upper
providing a barrier that keeps water out.
The waterproofing lines the entire boot,
ensuring complete protection.
SafeGrip™ soles offer lightweight,
superior slip resistance combined with shock
with metal or plastic frames and
impact-resistant lenses that may or may not
offer vision correction.
A shoe or boot
accentuated by protective designs such as
heat-resistant soles, metal insoles and
steel-toe/composite toe reinforcement as
well as waterproof and oil-resistant
materials made specifically for wear in an
San Crispino Construction
A type of stitch-down
footwear construction technique where upper
material is flared outward and wrapped
around and under the edge of an extended
insole board. The upper is then stitched
close to the last and cemented to the sole.
Scent Dry (SD)
LaCrosse® Scent Dry is
offered in a selection of the LaCRosse®
It is a proprietary technology that
provides both scent protection and 100%
100% waterproof fabric
lining that wraps the inside of the boot,
allowing moisture to escape without letting
treatment applied to both sides of the
waterproof fabric lining fights odor-forming
bacteria, keeping scent minimized
The term used to
describe shoes that have a polyurethane (PU)
adhesive tape applied with pressure and
heated along the seams to cover the stitch
holes and edges for waterproofing.
The shoe shank is a
flat piece of material located above the
outer sole at the waist (the waist is the
narrow part of the shoe, located between the
heel and toe and just underneath the arch)
of the shoe to add support to the arch.
Shanks can be made from wood, plastic, cork
The part of a boot
between the inside seam where the instep and
sole meet to the top of the boot.
The measurement of the
shaft of a boot. The shaft height
measurement is made from the inside seam
where the instep and sole meet, to the top
of the boot.
The shock zone refers
to a cushioning system where shoes are rated
from 0-4 with 4 being a maximum level of
Soles designed to
provide a higher level of coefficient of
friction with the walking surface to improve
Slip Resistant Outsole
A slip resistant
outsole is made using a unique rubber
compound that grips the floor surface.
Special tread pattern disperses liquids away
to provide superior sole-to-floor contact.
Slip Resisting and Oil
Resisting footwear outsole and tread
patterns are designed to help grip the floor
surface while walking. The outsoles resist
swelling when subjected to oily compounds.
The drag noticed when
walking on a floor that results in safer
footing.The amount of slip-resistance is
usually measured at the sole or heel of a
shoe on a floor.
Footwear that meets or
exceeds the ASTM F2913-11 SATRA Testing
Method TM144 Standard for slip resistance.
is a custom blended polyurethane foam with
millions of tiny air bubbles which cushion
your every step while holding your foot in
the correct anatomical position. It also
features Agion®, an antimicrobial treatment
which inhibits the growth of bacteria.
provides superior moisture, temperature and
The bottom part of the interior of a
shoe, not including the heel
The bottom part of the shoe, not
including the heel.
Speed Lace System
Lacing System works by moving the laces from
inside the shoes to the surface of the
shoes. This method removes friction between
the lacing and the shoes. It allows the
shoes to go on and off with very little
effort. It also changes the lace tension to
be equal throughout the shoe which provides
incredible support and comfort. Shoes are
adjusted perfectly in seconds.
SPR leather is tanned
by three separate processes for extra
strength and resistance. A leather offered
on many Durango boots, it’s been proven in
tests to be three times stronger, two and a
half times more abrasive resistant, and more
acid and chemical resistant than
conventional tanned leather.
Static Dissipating Rated (SD)
Shoes labeled SD meet
or exceed the ASTM F2413, these shoes are
designed to minimize the buildup of static
electricity while maintaining high enough
resistance to help protect against live
A reinforced toe
frequently found in industrial-style shoes
designed to protect the foot and prevent
injury in the workplace. They maybe combined
with a sole plate to protect against
punctures from below, and tested by the
American National Standard Institute to
ensure a minimum clearance of the toe when
compressed by different weights.
stitchout) construction is a construction
method developed for footwear. In stichdown
construction, the upper is flanged out over
the top of the outsold and the outsole is
fastened to the upper by stitching through
it. This type of construction provides added
comfort and flexibility to the wearer.
A storm welt is a band
of leather sewn into the interface between
the boot upper and the sole. It helps to
keep water from getting into the area where
the upper meets the sole and soaking into
Strobel construction is
a method of shoe and boot construction in
which the insole is stitched to the upper
along its perimeter, providing excellent
stability and flexibility. Strobel shoe
construction is different from regular shoe
construction in which the upper and the
insole are glued together.
A type of leather with
a napped surface, but may also indicate
fabrics of similar nap or brushed finish.
SuperFabric® is a
unique engineered textile that is a
multi-dimensional system rather than a
single material. SuperFabric® technology can
be configured to yield a variety of
performance properties that include a quick
drying surface in addition to exceptional
levels of resistance to abrasion, cuts,
stains, water, and oils.
Taibrelle is a 100%
Most often this material is used as
an inner lining for many brands of shoes and
boots. Taibrelle helps wick away moisture
from the foot to help keep them dry and
comfortable all day long.
Tailex linings are
long-lasting comfortable, abrasion resistant
and climate controlled. This technology is
used in the Reebok military boots to rapidly
adapt to a foot that’s constantly in motion
by helping prevent burdening blisters or
other unwanted aches.
superior comfort in a traditional welted
work boot by allowing the boot to bend and
flex in key areas of the foot and by
significantly reducing the weight
traditionally associated with welted
Danner® TERRA FORCE®
technology is offered on a selection of
their footwear. It is noted as a cornerstone
in their continually evolving technology
design. Finding the unique balance between
strength, stability and athletic
performance, Danner® TERRA FORE® technology
features five pristinely crafted components
brought together using a unique combination
of an extremely durable stitch construction
in the forefoot and heel and a lightweight
cement construction in the arch.
Terra Force® X
(TFX) technology is an
evolution in the performance characteristics
of Danner’s patented TERRA FORCE® platform
offered on a selection of their footwear.
The overall X-frame design teams with the
shank for unrivaled heel-to-toe energy
transfer. The X-frame also provides
additional traction and sheds additional
A polyester fiber with the feel of
cotton used primarily for its insulating
A manmade microfiber
created by 3M that traps insulating air to
keep you warmer. It is non-bulky,
lightweight, compact resistant and durable.
Warmer than foam, felt or pile for the same
thickness. It insulates under damp
conditions absorbing less than 1% of its
weight in water and dries quickly.
This is the term used to describe the
portion of the shoe that holds the toes.
The strip of leather or
other material found under the laces of a
shoe. The tongue is sewn into the vamp and
extends to the throat of the shoe.
Total Cushioning Technology™
Technology™ provides five layers (1-1/2”) of
cushioning under the heel and three layers
(1/2”) under the forepart; deeper, total
cushioning for amazing comfort and impact
(TPR) a plastic material used by many
manufacturers in the injection molding
process. It is used in the production of
shoe soles and waterproof boot shells. Its
unique structure makes it flexible yet
extremely durable. It is also lighter weight
than pure rubber or plastic alone.
TPU Heel Stabilizer
A plastic material that
gives support through the midfoot or medial
side of footwear. Thermoplastic polyurethane
(TPU) is a high-performance polymer, combing
the benefits of rubber and plastic.
Trident TR Outsole
The Trident TR Outsole
is water and slip resistant, an outsole
placed on some Wolverine® footwear.
Tumbled leather is
created with the use of small pebbles that
gently abrade the leather, resulting in a
very soft texture to the product.
Ultra-Light are lightweight materials
and construction designed with the safety
The Ultra-Welt™ system
works with the Gel-Cell Insert for more
comfort all around. An extra Gel-Cell is
inserted in a selection of Carolina’s
Vitalize™Insole, gives you cushion in the
ball of the foot. These two layers give you
the ultimate in comfort.
The upper part of the
shoe made from a piece of leather to form
the part that encases the foot, but does not
include the sole. Uppers come in a variety
of styles, some made from leather, fabric or
The fore part of a shoe
upper, normally a piece of leather that
partially envelopes the foot and all of the
Vibram® is an outsole
that is flexible and provides great
abrasion, chemical, heat, oil and slip
resistance. This rubber sole, ensures that
the boots are shock absorbing and
hard-wearing. Aggressive, multi-directional
grooved lugs provide exceptional traction on
any terrain, in any conditions. The unique
sidewall lugs provide multi-angle grip on
inclines and uneven ground.
The high-heat Vibram® compound
provides lasting performance.
Vibram® ALPHA + Sole
Vibram® ALPHA + Sole
has a shallow lug depth, it is a
high-performance rubber compound that is
heat and oil resistant.
Visible Gel System (VGS)
In a selection of the
Thorogood footwear they offer theirVisible
Gel System which adds state-of-the-art
cushioning to lightweight performance
footwear. Absorbing shock with every step,
the InterActive Cushioning System improves
comfort and reduces repetitive impact stress
where it’s needed most – in the heel. The
key is a unique VGS gel heel unit that won’t
deflate like an air bag and never loses
cushioning power. It’s been tested to
withstand 300 foot pounds per square inch
versus the standard 75 pounds of pressure
resistance available in most competing
layers consist of a Vitalize™ Orthobed for
shock absorption and climate control, and a
Stability Board for firm protection on tough
landings. This dual component system adds
comfort and strength for your feet.
This is a method of
rubber boot construction in which pliable
rubber is permanently cured into a boot
shape by heat setting in a high temperature
A combination of water
resistant materials and construction which
helps protect the foot from getting wet in
an environment where excess water is
Waterproof leather causes liquids to
bead up and shed from the surface
Waterproof linings are
a premium waterproof leathers that surround
a water-impermeable lining to keep feet dry
and deliver the best waterproof protection
Waterproof membrane are
premium waterproof leathers surrounded by a
water-impermeable membrane to keep feet dry
and deliver the best waterproof protection.
Waterproof Scubaliner™ Technology
Matterhorn’s Exclusive Proprietary
Waterproof Lining System which is offered on
a selection of the Matterhorn footwear. .
WCT II Comfort Insert
Poron XRD Reactive
Defense insert absorbs 90% of strike impact,
used in conjunction withan Airflow II
comfort insert makes this the most
protective and comfortable footwear in the
A heel extended under
the waist (the waist is the narrow part of
the shoe, located between the heel and toe
and just underneath the arch) to the fore
part, giving a flat surface in contact with
A style of pull-on boots with no
A strip of leather that
is used to sew together the shoe’s outsole
and its insole and upper. The welt can be
made to ‘stick-out’ from the sole and
further ornament the shoe.
Wide Area Wide Fit.
Built with a wider last
and outsole platform.